Data Sets

Publishing data typically involves submitting a dataset description to a data journal. If you are interested in sharing your data, you can deposit it into a subject or institutional repository. Data publication is different than sharing your data, and includes peer review of the dataset. Either approach may fulfill the requirements of your funder, but contact us if you are unsure.

How do I publish my data?

There are several journals (and more each year) that specialize in datasets. A data publication typically describes the dataset and provides three key things: a suggested citation, a persistent identifier, and a license to communicate rights for reuse. Unique identifiers (e.g., DOI) enable tracking of data citations and use of these data to demonstrate the impact of a dataset.

Data Journals

Want to learn more?

Candela, L., Castelli, D., Manghi, P. and Tani, A. (2015), Data journals: A survey. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 66: 1747ñ1762. doi: 10.1002/asi.23358

The Journal Research Data Policy Bank project (JoRD) was established by JISC in 2012 to shed light on the policies devised by academic publishers to promote linkage between journal articles and underlying research data. Led by the Centre for Research Communications Research at Nottingham University (UK) the project conducted a feasibility study into the scope and shape of a sustainable service to collate and summarise research data policies of journals and publishers - not unlike the Sherpa/Romeo service which maintains a comprehensive list of journal publishers' copyright and self-archiving policies. The JoRD project blog provides an interesting summary of project findings.

Updated Dec 17, 2018 by hcoates